Marking Criteria

Below is guidance on the criteria examiners consider when marking different types of work. The most common types of assessment are given. Module handouts may provide further details of criteria used for specific assessments.

Essay marking criteria (level 1)

  • Has the candidate demonstrated a suitable and accurate knowledge of the subject in question?
  • Is there evidence that the student is able to summarize information, provide a coherent overview of a subject, identify suitable evidence and comment on the significance of different forms of evidence?
  • Does the content appropriately address and maintain focus on the essay question/title?
  • Is the work well structured and does it lead to a suitable conclusion?
  • Has the student supported their answer with suitable examples?
  • Has the candidate done out sufficient reading from the reading list provided? Have they attempted wider reading?
  • Has the candidate demonstrated appropriate bibliographic and referencing skills, using the Harvard system that is laid down in the Undergraduate Handbook?
  • Are there appropriate accompanying illustrations? Are the illustrations put to good use, suitably captioned and suitably referred to in the text?
  • Has the candidate demonstrated suitable writing skills (i.e. is the work in a suitable academic style; is the grammar, spelling and punctuation correct; is the writing suitably concise and precise)?
  • Has the work been well proof read (i.e. how many typographic errors etc. remain)?
  • Has the work been word-processed (as stipulated in the Undergraduate Handbook)?
  • Is the work suitably presented?

Essay marking criteria (level 2)

  • Has the candidate demonstrated a suitable and accurate knowledge of the subject in question?
  • Has the candidate demonstrated an ability to synthesise relevant key arguments, identify important issues and justify their decisions, weigh up evidence and explain the relationship between different variables and forms of evidence?
  • Does the content appropriately address and maintain focus on the essay question/title?
  • Is the work well structured and does it lead to a suitable conclusion?
  • Has the student supported their answer with well-chosen examples?
  • Has the candidate demonstrated wide reading around the subject, which may extend beyond basic reading lists?
  • Has the candidate demonstrated appropriate bibliographic and referencing skills, using the Harvard system that is laid down in the Undergraduate Handbook?
  • Are there appropriate accompanying illustrations? Are the illustrations put to good use, suitably captioned and suitably referred to in the text?
  • Has the candidate demonstrated suitable writing skills (i.e. is the work in a suitable academic style; is the grammar, spelling and punctuation correct; is the writing suitably concise and precise)?
  • Has the work been well proof read (i.e. how many typographic errors etc. remain)?
  • Has the work been word-processed (as stipulated in the Undergraduate Handbook)?
  • Is the work suitably presented?

Essay marking criteria (level 3)

  • Has the candidate demonstrated a suitable and accurate knowledge of the subject in question?
  • Has the candidate demonstrated an ability to identify key issues in a debate and critically assess, reflect upon and contextualize the evidence and arguments related to that debate?
  • Is there evidence of initiative and independent thought?
  • Does the content appropriately address and maintain focus on the essay question/title?
  • Is the work well structured and does it lead to a suitable conclusion?
  • Has the student supported their answer with well-chosen examples?
  • Has the candidate demonstrated wide reading around the subject? Have they demonstrated ability in finding suitable and well-targeted sources using their own initiative?
  • Has the candidate demonstrated appropriate bibliographic and referencing skills, using the Harvard system that is laid down in the Undergraduate Handbook?
  • Are there appropriate accompanying illustrations? Are the illustrations put to good use, suitably captioned and suitably referred to in the text?
  • Has the candidate demonstrated suitable writing skills (i.e. is the work in a suitable academic style; is the grammar, spelling and punctuation correct; is the writing suitably concise and precise)?
  • Has the work been well proof read (i.e. how many typographic errors etc. remain)?
  • Has the work been word-processed (as stipulated in the Undergraduate Handbook)?
  • Is the work suitably presented?

Essay marking criteria (M level)

  • Has the candidate demonstrated a depth of knowledge regarding the subject in question?
  • Has the candidate demonstrated an ability to identify important questions and formulate their own essay titles around these?
  • Has the candidate demonstrated an ability to identify key issues in a debate and critically assess, reflect upon and contextualize the evidence and arguments related to that debate?
  • Is there evidence of initiative, independent thought and, possibly, originality?
  • Does the content appropriately address and maintain focus on the essay question/title?
  • Is the work well structured and does it lead to a suitable conclusion?
  • Has the student supported their answer with well-chosen examples?
  • Has the candidate demonstrated wide reading around the subject? Have they demonstrated ability in finding suitable and well-targeted sources using their own initiative?
  • Has the candidate demonstrated appropriate bibliographic and referencing skills, using the Harvard system that is laid down in the Undergraduate Handbook?
  • Are there appropriate accompanying illustrations? Are the illustrations put to good use, suitably captioned and suitably referred to in the text?
  • Has the candidate demonstrated suitable writing skills (i.e. is the work in a suitable academic style; is the grammar, spelling and punctuation correct; is the writing suitably concise and precise)?
  • Has the work been well proof read (i.e. how many typographic errors etc. remain)?
  • Has the work been word-processed (as stipulated in the Undergraduate Handbook)?
  • Is the work suitably presented?

Dissertation marking criteria (level 3)

Content

  • Has the candidate acquired a suitably detailed knowledge of the subject area under investigation?
  • Do they know and use the correct methodologies, terms and conventions for their subject area?
  • Have they demonstrated an ability to critically analyse and deploy primary archaeological (and historical, where appropriate) data?
  • Is the content appropriate to the title and the research questions outlined in the introduction?
  • Is the work well structured and does it lead to a suitable conclusion?
  • Has the candidate demonstrated appropriate bibliographic and referencing skills?
  • Are there appropriate accompanying illustrations?
  • Does the candidate demonstrate independent thought? (at the upper end of the mark range)

Presentation

  • Is the work neatly presented according to the guidelines laid down in this handbook (e.g. binding, title page, contents, lists of tables and figures, acknowledgements, appendices, margins, spacing etc)?
  • Are the references and bibliography laid out in Harvard style, following the format laid down in the undergraduate handbook?
  • Are the illustrations well and suitably presented according to the guidelines given in this handbook?
  • Has the candidate demonstrated suitable writing skills (i.e. is the work in a suitable academic style; is the grammar, spelling and punctuation correct; is the writing suitably concise and precise)?
  • Has the work been well proof read (i.e. how many typographic errors etc. remain)?

Fieldwork projects marking criteria (level 2)

Methodology project

  • Has the candidate provided a suitably summary of the work they carried out during their fieldwork/museum experience?
  • Has the candidate discussed and understood the methodologies employed on their project?
  • Has the candidate discussed and reflected upon his/her own contribution to the project?
  • Is the work well structured?
  • Has the candidate demonstrated appropriate bibliographic and referencing skills, using the Harvard system?
  • Are there appropriate accompanying illustrations? Are the illustrations put to good use, suitably captioned and suitably referred to in the text?
  • Has the candidate demonstrated suitable writing skills (i.e. is the work in a suitable academic style; are the grammar, spelling and punctuation correct; is the writing suitably concise and precise)?
  • Is the work suitably presented?

Archaeological aims, context and results project

  • Has the candidate provided a suitably synthesis of background information regarding the site/museum they worked at and put it in its wider context?
  • Has the candidate identified the aims of the project they were involved in and demonstrated an understanding of the key issues involved?
  • Has the candidate discussed the results of the project in relation to the evidence?
  • Has the candidate provided a reflective assessment of the project? Have they assessed the result in terms of the original aims and assessed the significance of the results in a wider context?
  • Is the work well structured?
  • Has the candidate demonstrated appropriate bibliographic and referencing skills, using the Harvard system that is laid down in the Undergraduate Handbook?
  • Are there appropriate accompanying illustrations? Are the illustrations put to good use, suitably captioned and suitably referred to in the text?
  • Has the candidate demonstrated suitable writing skills (i.e. is the work in a suitable academic style; are the grammar, spelling and punctuation correct; is the writing suitably concise and precise)?
  • Is the work suitably presented?

Marking criteria for projects involving data analysis (level 2)

  • Has the candidate demonstrated suitable background knowledge of the subject?
  • Has the candidate demonstrated an understanding of the methods used to analyse the data and carried out the analysis correctly?
  • Is the candidate aware of the factors affecting interpretation of the data and has he/she presented a cogently argued interpretation of the said data?
  • Where appropriate, has the candidate presented the data in a suitable fashion (whether graphically, statistically or in tables)? Does the candidate understand the method of presentation and have they taken current presentational conventions into account?
  • Is the work well structured?
  • Has the candidate demonstrated appropriate bibliographic and referencing skills, using the Harvard system that is laid down in the Undergraduate Handbook?
  • Are there appropriate accompanying illustrations? Are the illustrations put to good use, suitably captioned and suitably referred to in the text?
  • Has the candidate demonstrated suitable writing skills (i.e. is the work in a suitable academic style;is the grammar, spelling and punctuation correct; is the writing suitably concise and precise)?
  • Has the work been well proof read (i.e. how many typographic errors etc. remain)?
  • Has the work been word-processed (as stipulated in the Undergraduate Handbook)?
  • Is the work suitably presented?

Marking criteria for a critique (level 3)

  • Has the candidate demonstrated suitable background knowledge of the subject?
  • Does the candidate clearly understand the context of the given case study that is the subject of the critique?
  • Has the candidate identified the key issues within the subject of the critique?
  • Has the candidate demonstrated an ability to critically analyse the subject of the critique in terms of its aims, objects, methodologies, form, presentation and wider context etc. (whichever are appropriate)?
  • Is the work well structured?
  • Has the candidate demonstrated appropriate bibliographic and referencing skills, using the Harvard system that is laid down in the Undergraduate Handbook?
  • Has the candidate demonstrated suitable writing skills (i.e. is the work in a suitable academic style; is the grammar, spelling and punctuation correct; is the writing suitably concise and precise)?
  • Has the work been well proof read (i.e. how many typographic errors etc. remain)?
  • Has the work been word-processed (as stipulated in the Undergraduate Handbook)?
  • Is the work suitably presented?